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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:55 pm

Review from Play.com:

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go going when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too. As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever. Because the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!
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Looks as if I may have to order my copy from there as I'll be in Arizona when it comes out on 8th October. Still - the delivery is free and the cover is NOT the us cover.

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Postby poohbcarrot » Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:38 pm

I love the way the US cover makes it look like American football, with people jumping up to catch it. Why ARE they trying to catch it?

Just out of interest, why do US editions have inferior pictures on their covers? The Nation cover was stunning in the UK and awful in the US. The same could be said about any UK/US cover comparison.
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:00 pm

By the way - Play.com doesn't ship to the US free of charge (I found out) only to Europe. Looks like I may have to use Amazon.Canada instead. :)
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Postby mspanners » Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:20 pm

http://www.play.com/Books/Books/4-/9159 ... duct.html#

Looks like a football to me (English Football = Round, not that silly egg thing used in the US or Rugby !)

Yep UK covers usually better but not sure why!!
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:33 pm

:hides head in shame: I am Not an Animal... We don't have control over the US publishing industry. They are pandering to small-minded, narcissitic, un-mannered, twits. Those of us who are really interested in the book, look past the cover and simply breathe in the words that we have eagerly awaited.

The publishing industry is a lot like Hollywood when you get right down to it. grumble, grumble, :kicks a rock: :hurts toe: ow. :pout:
Aha! So, Bob's yer uncle... very clever.
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:38 pm

I have to say that having owned all the British books and seen all the US books (as Sharlene has them), I really don't mind the US covers. If I'm honest I never cared for the Josh Kirby ones and I find the Paul Kidby ones a bit intrusive as to what the characters look like. It's like watching a movie of a much loved book and then having a particular actors looks and voice stuck in your head when reading that book.

The important thing is not the cover but what's inside. :wink:
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Postby mspanners » Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:41 pm

Not that I would encourage copy infringement but I cant see it to difficult to copy and paste a cover to replace the horrid ones so they look the part in your book collection, I think that would be a terrinle thing to do... honestly ! :wink:
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Postby chris.ph » Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:10 pm

wot you say about rugby then mspanners me and cols will pick on you mind :twisted:
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Postby Dotsie » Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:26 am

Tonyblack wrote:The important thing is not the cover but what's inside. :wink:


That reminds me of a saying....
What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!
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Postby poohbcarrot » Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:36 am

Tonyblack wrote:I have to say that having owned all the British books and seen all the US books (as Sharlene has them), I really don't mind the US covers. If I'm honest I never cared for the Josh Kirby ones and I find the Paul Kidby ones a bit intrusive as to what the characters look like. It's like watching a movie of a much loved book and then having a particular actors looks and voice stuck in your head when reading that book.


a. I loved the Josh Kirby covers.

b. I like the Paul Kidby covers.

c. If the last sentence is true, why do you listen to the audio books? :?
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:52 am

poohbcarrot wrote:
Tonyblack wrote:I have to say that having owned all the British books and seen all the US books (as Sharlene has them), I really don't mind the US covers. If I'm honest I never cared for the Josh Kirby ones and I find the Paul Kidby ones a bit intrusive as to what the characters look like. It's like watching a movie of a much loved book and then having a particular actors looks and voice stuck in your head when reading that book.


a. I loved the Josh Kirby covers.

b. I like the Paul Kidby covers.

c. If the last sentence is true, why do you listen to the audio books? :?
First of all I don't listen to all the audio books - I only have 3 of them and I use them on an MP3 player for long trips when reading a book is difficult. I'd rather the books were just read rather than charcter voices put on then, but that's the way they are and although I don't particularly like it, I'll put up with it.

Actually, after meeting Terry for the first time, I heard his voice when I was reading the actual books. :)
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:04 pm

It's a round ball - ergo they're playing net... erm basketball :twisted:

OR... they're playing by Argentinian Rules and they all want to do the Hand of God thing...? Just a thought :P
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Postby Catch-up » Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:47 am

I prefer some US covers and some UK covers, but mostly I only care about what's between the covers. :wink:
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Postby Cheery » Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:49 pm

Tonyblack wrote:I'd rather the books were just read rather than charcter voices put on then


Actually, the audiobooks made me imagine the character's voices while reading the books and, for me, it made the reading a lot more interesting. Sometimes I even imagine scenes as a sort of cartoon film, because I'm drawing the characters.:lol:
The whole thing sounds a little odd, but I've got a very lively imagination. :)
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:48 am

Catch-up wrote:I prefer some US covers and some UK covers, but mostly I only care about what's between the covers. :wink:


yup :)
Aha! So, Bob's yer uncle... very clever.
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